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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

2,433 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,433
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 72
Gots: 138 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crisp, clean, and clear copper with hues of amber depending on how it is held to the light. I get a full inch of frothy and creamy head that produces mediocre lacing in sloppy broken rings.

S: The immediate impression is the spicy aroma of Stone's Belgian yeast strain. As i hold my nose closer, I can make out the signature piney hops of the Stone IPA from which this creation was spawned. There is a bitter presence to those hops, too. This is an interesting combination...seems almost like it could be a part of the Vertical Epic series, as those have been phenomenal style mixes.

T: Those piney hops come through as beautifully in the flavor as they do in the nose. There is no letdown as this Belgian IPA is true to its roots as a hoppy west coast creation. Complemented nicely and well-balanced by the spicy character contributed by the yeasts. The bitterness is muted and lets the flavors from the yeast and hops do their thing, without overpowering them.

M/D: Though they are subtle, the hops provide a syrupy resinous texture. Moderate carbonation is just about perfect. Light enough to handle a whole bomber on your own, but a little bit too much for more than that. This beer is a very interesting offering, and I can't wait to try it on tap next week.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 04:08:20 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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zenithberwyn

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-10-2013 00:33:03 | More by zenithberwyn
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zimm421

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-02-2013 01:19:22 | More by zimm421
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Sturmthis

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-08-2013 01:04:14 | More by Sturmthis
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csmalley

Kansas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-07-2013 17:10:07 | More by csmalley
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Pellinore1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-15-2011 15:51:43 | More by Pellinore1
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beerman999999

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-23-2011 02:38:33 | More by beerman999999
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Served in a large pilsner glass

A: pours a golden color with a slightly hazy texture to it. Also has an ample ammount of fluffy head

S: very nice and unique scent that contains both the belgian and ipa characteristics

T: beautiful taste, nice, but not overpowering, ipa characteristics. The belgian/wheat characteristics are present in the background but also help to make it such a smooth drinking brew

M: average mouthfeel with a slight ammount of tongue tingle

D: highly drinkable beer with very smooth characteristics but still beautiful tastes

Overall I absolutly love this beer and it is my mission to spread its wonder to all

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 23:52:45 | More by BigPlay1824
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz pore into my Stone Cali-Belgique glass

A - A golden, pilsnerish clear color. Same appearance as the Stone IPA. 1 finger of head and some sticky lace left all over the glass

S - A nice hoppy aroma, but with an obvious belgian strain. Nice mix!

T - Bitter and citrus hops up front, and then that familiar candy sugar belgian yeast strain taste kicks in.

M - Medium bodied, well balanced, crisp finish

O - An awesome collaboration style! The west coast IPA fermented with a belgian yeast strain. Genius!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 02:15:40 | More by BeerDawgs
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

04-12-2012 12:12:44 | More by lccrunchy
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patrick802

Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-12-2014 16:28:04 | More by patrick802
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NWer

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the bottle neck: "Enjoy by 12/01/11"
Nice pour into my Chimay chalice. Moderate head. Dissipates quickly. Golden clear appearance.
Wow factor in force. Initial impression of taste blew me away. Fantastic experience. Semi-sweet up front followed with a lemon peel back end.
A very enjoyable beer so full of flavor it's sipable without the extreme ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 18:26:26 | More by NWer
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jmich24

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel Tulip

A: Super cloudy dull orange in color. One finger head dissipates very fast. Some lacing.
S: Belgian funk upfront. Touch of citrus hops and then more funk.
T: Super sweet initially, finishes funky and bitter. Grassy, citrus hops.
M: Medium mouth feel, finishes slightly bitter and wet on the tongue.
O: I am a huge IPA fan and this was just what I was looking for, something a bit different. Funky Belgian yeast accompanied by citrus hops make this interesting to say the least. Not world class in my opinion but very good!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 01:34:09 | More by jmich24
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Nage37

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

02-20-2012 22:28:40 | More by Nage37
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kegger22

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy amber with a two finger head with good retention. The aroma was hops citrus. The taste was more IPA than Belgian, it wasn't so loaded with carbonation that you could taste nothing else. Mostly citrus but I got just a hint of banana too. Nice blend of bitter and sweet. Feel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good. Sorry, but I didn't see this as anything more than a tricked out IPA, good though.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 21:20:34 | More by kegger22
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Shilt

Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.8%

02-15-2012 23:50:11 | More by Shilt
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bh123

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

07-18-2012 06:50:42 | More by bh123
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3/5  rDev -24.8%

03-01-2012 00:18:10 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -6%

08-13-2012 00:27:53 | More by acevenom
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: July 27, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: post-Cinders dinner drink while viewing The King's Speech... APPEARANCE: beastly swirling tornado of effervescence ripples up to a snow-white two-finger head that frames a burnt-orange body--a beautiful glass to behold... AROMA: sugary, candied fragrance sits atop the classic Stone hops head bang--worth the price of admission just to soak in its aura... PALATE: soft, mildly hopped yet beguilingly medium-bodied; warming in the throat but not intrusive; a paradox that seems to bare out the uniqueness of the beer's namesake...TASTE: provocatively complex tart--grapefruit and pepper indelibly cascade with each swallow; balanced and substantial,, but in a way that invites a second bottle... OVERALL: Playing off the film, I will say this beer does not possess a stutter-inducing ABV, but the flavor, frame and aroma, this beer has a lot going for it...the over-babble on the bottle label could be severely edited, but no mistaking the beer is one I will recommend to friends, give as a gift and seek out when disposable income is more readily available...

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 02:20:56 | More by dacrza1
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper hue with a big white head that leaves a whole lotta lacing.

Big floral hops meet the familiar Belgian yeast aroma that I love so dearly. Neither of the two overpower one another, striking a nice balance.

The flavor -- while slightly heavier on the floral and citrus hops than Belgian yeast byproducts -- is pretty well balanced between the two competing profiles. The finish is a nice combination of slight sweetness and big hops.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and damned dry.

Drinkability is pretty high. While this is in no way my favorite Belgian IPA to date (Houblon Chouffe, I'm looking at you), it's a really tasty brew. If Stone were to offer it in sixers, I would definitely grab one from time to time to spice things up a bit (no pun intended... ok, maybe a little bit).

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 07:18:41 | More by BigJim5021
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beergod1

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what I was expecting with this. I was pleasantly surprised. Thanx DK. Poured into a St. Bernadus Goblet,clear Honey colored pour with a foamy ivory head that leaves significant lacing on the inside of the glass. The nose is...interesting, earthy, some Belgian yeast character, spicy hops, Grapefruit rind. Nice bitter sweet flavors, a hint of belgian yeast, caramel, grapefruit and pine. Fruity bitter finish. Active carbonation. Delicious beer. Drinks very well.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 15:40:38 | More by beergod1
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Bfarr

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orange amber with a foamy/frothy off-white head and good retention. Pine-floral aroma with a yeast backdrop. Floral and pine hop bitterness. Extensive saltiness. Balanced sweetness at forst shifts to bitterness. Light bitter linger. Smooth feel with a bite.

I remember enjoying this much more previously. Perhaps it was mishandled since it was best before 4/22/11. Overwhelmingly saltiness makes for a more basic, strong IPA with only minor yeast qualities. I'm going to have to search for a fresh one on this as it didn't compare to Le Freak.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:48:49 | More by Bfarr
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

01-17-2014 13:07:14 | More by LarryMyers
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mpenning13

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

04-19-2014 02:21:40 | More by mpenning13
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,433 ratings.